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Packed lunches in Kilner jars

Packed lunches in Kilner jars 

Tomato pasta with sauce, thyme and sliced cherry tomatoes in glass mason jar, served over old dark wooden background. Lunch to go.

With summer more or less on the doorstep, there are plenty of tasty salad vegetables on offer in the greengrocers or even at home if you grow your own. If summer means you would like to eat healthily to lose a pound or two, and you would like to save money ready for the holiday season, taking a packed lunch to work could help with both these goals. Taking your own lunch to work does not mean it has to be a boring old cheese sandwich – with the help of a Kilner jar or two, your lunch can be just as appetising as the prepared salads that the café chains sell. Read on for some ideas on how to create your own lunch in a Kilner jar.

Salads in Kilner jars

Salads work brilliantly in these jars, as the airtight seal keeps them fresh and the glass jar means that you can see exactly what you have for lunch in all its crisp and colourful glory. Try layering different salad items for the best effect. Start with a delicious salad dressing in the bottom of the jar, then add items such as tomatoes, celery, red onion, carrots and cucumber. Next add a layer or sweetcorn or beans, and then rice or feta cheese. At the very top, add chopped lettuce, herbs and nuts. Seal the jar and you are good to go!

You can, of course, experiment with what you put in your Kilner jar. Some salad vegetables work better than others and some need to be kept away from the salad dressing if they are to stay fresh and tasty, so it pays to play around to see what works. Noodles, chickpeas, couscous and quinoa are all fabulous healthy additions to any lunch in a jar experiment.

Desserts in Kilner jars 

Autumn overnight oats with apples and cranberries in a mason jar on vintage metal background

With all this healthy eating going on, you might want to treat yourself to a dessert in a jar once in a while. You can stick with the healthy vibe by creating a fruit salad in a jar, layering fruits such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and kiwi fruit, and adding a little orange juice to keep everything fresh. If you fancy an extra treat, substitute a layer of fruit for a little crème fraîche or natural yoghurt. Avoid apples, as these are likely to turn an unappetising shade of brown whilst in the jar.

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Salad recipes in glass jars

Salad recipes in glass jars 

healthy vegetable salad in mason jar

With summer holidays and days on the beach just around the corner, many of us are thinking about how to lose a pound or two to fit into last year’s swimsuit and shorts. After a long cold winter of eating hearty stews and puddings, now is the time when we look for something lighter. One way of losing some weight without really trying is to ditch the lunchtime sandwiches in favour of a healthy and nutritious salad. With so many salad vegetables coming into season right now, we are spoilt for choice. In today’s blog post, we take a look at how to use Mason Ball jars to hold fresh and appetising salads.

Making salads in glass jars

If you have ever tried to take a salad to work in a plastic storage container, you have probably had one of two unsatisfactory experiences. Either your salad dressing and oil has leaked all over your bag on the way to work, or you have opened the lid to find a wet, oily mess that looks distinctly unappetising.

One way of overcoming these issues is to use Mason Ball jars to hold your daily salad. These jars have strong, reliable screw top lids, so there is no chance of anything leaking out. By stacking your salad in this kind of jar, you can put the oil and dressing at the bottom, along with your chosen ingredients that work well in oil, and keep the ingredients that go soggy in oil at the top of the jar. Provided you stick to the principle that the dressing goes at the bottom, followed by crisp, crunchy ingredients or grains, with delicate items such as salad leaves at the top, your salad in a jar will work perfectly.

What are the options for a salads in glass jars?

The world is your oyster when it comes to what to put in your Mason Ball jars. Try starting with a light low-fat dressing, then adding sliced apple, radish and celery. Layer in some quinoa or chopped walnuts before filling up the jar with baby salad leaves.

Courgettes are starting to come into season right now and make an excellent choice for a salad in a jar. Again, start with the dressing of your choice, then add the courgette. If you have a spiraliser, use this to make courgette noodles, as these will work brilliantly in a jar. Add quinoa and spring onions before topping up the jar with cubes of feta cheese.

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Create a desk organiser with glass jars

Create a desk organiser with glass jars 

drawing pencils in glass jar on pastel background

If you like all things homemade when it comes to cooking and preserves, there is a good chance that you also enjoy crafts and making things for the home. Once you have the bug for making things, whether baking cakes or creating your own homemade cosmetics, you start seeing the world in terms of ‘I wonder if I could make one of those?’ Making your own has so many benefits – it’s fun and satisfying, it costs less than buying something new, and it’s good for the planet. In today’s post, we show you how to put some old jars to good use by making a stylish desk organiser.

Using glass jars to get organised

It is so easy to find our desk or workspace getting untidy, with pens and pencils everywhere and all sorts of other bits and bobs lying cluttered around; however, a few glass jars could make all the difference. You could simply use them as pen pots exactly as they are, or you could jazz them up using chalk paint. If you used blackboard paint instead, you could then write a cute word or phrase on each jar with a chalkboard marker pen to create a truly unique organiser. If you do not want to use chalkboard paint over the whole jar, you could always opt for a subtler look by using our chalkboard labels. These come in a pack of 12 labels, with different shaped labels and two chalk pens. Both approaches are so easy and will give you a really stylish way to store all that desk clutter.

Using a group of glass jars

One effective way to create this type of organiser is to use a group of jars of different sizes. Try a 1lb jam jar for pens and pencils, a half-gallon jar for scissors and rulers, and a terrine jar for paper clips, drawing pins and other smaller items. As with flower arranging, placing a set of jars together to form an organiser creates a much stronger overall effect.

If desk space is limited, why not take the jar organiser off the desk altogether? Take a piece of wood about 24 inches long and four inches wide and fix equally-spaced large jubilee clips along the wood, leaving three inches clear at either end. Drill a hole at either end of the wood and fix to the wall. Place the neck of a jar in each jubilee clip and tighten the clip until it is holding the jar securely. Hey presto, you have a hanging jar organiser!

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Honey jars in the kitchen

Honey jars in the kitchen

A jar of pure amber colored local honey glistens in the sun, inside the jar is also a piece of the honeycomb it came from.

If you have ever tasted raw or artisan-processed honey, you will know why Pooh Bear was so very fond of the stuff. Whilst commercially-produced honey is often a blended product that combines honey from a variety of sources to produce a mass-market item, artisan honey is in a different league altogether. In today’s post, we look at some uses for honey in the kitchen and at some of our jars that are suitable for honey.

Our range of honey jars

Whether you are fortunate enough to produce your own honey from beehives in your garden or allotment or simply like to buy the best honey you can find, decanting it into some high-quality jars will set it off nicely and make it look even more appealing on the breakfast table.

Our hexagonal jars work brilliantly for honey, with the hexagon shape mimicking the honeycomb in a beehive. We have hexagonal glass honey jars in a range of sizes, from 283ml jars down to individual portion jars of 45ml.

If the hexagonal glass honey jars are not quite what you are looking for, check out our 368ml honeycombed jar. This premium glass jar features a dimpled honeycomb design around the bottom and the neck of the jar, which gives it a quirky, fun feel.

Putting those honey jars to use

A lot of cooks use honey as a sweetener instead of sugar in desserts and baking, but there are so many other dishes you can use honey in. It can be used as the base for a rich and sticky marinade for all kinds of meat dishes, or as a delicious glaze. Try chicken kebabs in a honey and soy sauce marinade, or honey and garlic pork chops. Honey glazed hams are a common feature at Christmas and it is so easy to prepare your own, with results that will make your mouth water! If you do make a honey glaze or marinade, be careful not to let the honey burn – either cover the dish with tin foil whilst it is in the oven or drain off most of the marinade before cooking, pouring it over the meat once the dish is half cooked.

Another great use for honey is to make your own mustard. We will no doubt cover some great mustard recipes in depth in a future post, as homemade mustard is such a worthwhile project. It tastes far better than supermarket mustard and you can experiment to get the exact strength you like.

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Pickled cucumbers in glass jars

Pickled cucumbers in glass jars 

Jars of pickled marinated cucumbers on rustic table

Few people can resist a fabulous burger. Made with prime beef and lots of tangy relish and fresh toppings, a really good burger is hard to beat. With barbecue season now in full swing, many people are thinking about organising a family get-together or garden party and are looking to make their own delicious burgers rather than buying them from the supermarket. Often, however, cooks tend to concentrate on the burger itself, taking time to make these by hand but then adding shop-bought toppings such as relish or pickles. In today’s blog post, we take a look at just how easy it is to make homemade pickled cucumbers to serve on burgers and other dishes. Once you have seen how easy this is, you will be raring to make your own ready for your next barbecue event.

The right glass jars for your pickles

Before you start to prepare your pickled cucumbers, you need to consider the jars you will use to store them in. We recommend using either our one-gallon pickle jar or our ½-gallon jar. These are perfect for pickles and really look the part. If you only want to prepare a small amount of pickled cucumber, one of our clip top jars, such as the Kilner one-litre square clip top jar, would be ideal.

Filling those glass jars

Once you have decided on the right jar for this project, it is time to get busy. For this recipe, we have opted for a relatively small amount, using just one cucumber; however, it is easy to scale the recipe up if you have a glut of cucumbers that you would like to use up – simply multiply the ingredients according to how many cucumbers you have.

Ingredients

1 cucumber, thinly peeled
2 tsp salt
60g sugar
75ml white vinegar
2-inch piece of fresh root ginger

Method

Take the peeled cucumber and lightly run the back of a fork down the length of the cucumber, around all sides. This will give a ridged appearance to the cucumber slices.

Slice the cucumber thinly and place in a bowl with the salt, making sure it is mixed thoroughly. After 10 minutes or so, rinse with cold water. Drain the cucumber and then put it back in the bowl.

Grate the root ginger and add to the cucumber along with the sugar and vinegar. Mix everything together well.

Place the cucumber slices into a clean, sterilised jar, ensuring that enough vinegar is poured over the slices to keep them covered. Store in the fridge.

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The world of small glass jars

The world of small glass jars 

Onion pineapple chutney on rustic wood.

Jars and bottles come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and there is always a perfect jar or bottle for any project. In today’s post, we take a look at some of our small jars and share some ideas for how to use these jars for home preserves and gifts. Whilst some people believe that big is best, we like to champion the notion that small is beautiful. Read on to discover how our small jars can help you to create something delightful.

Small glass jars for home preserves

If you have a big batch of strawberries, you will probably choose 1lb jam jars to put your jam in; however, if you are making something a little more unusual or delicate, smaller jars are just the ticket. Lemon curd, for instance, does not keep for long and is best made in containers such as our 125ml Bonta jars or our 110ml deluxe food jars. Redcurrant jelly, chilli jam and homemade mint sauce also work best when stored in smaller jars. As garden mint is in season, why not make a batch this weekend?

Small glass jars for gifts

It is all too easy to fall into the trap of buying uninspired gifts for friends and family, especially if we lead busy lives with little time to go shopping. Most of us will admit to having received this kind of gift at some point or another, and we would much rather have received a small token gift. Homemade gifts are the perfect answer, as you can make them when you have the time and they are just enough to show that you care and have put some thought and effort into the gift.

Small glass jars are perfect for creating homemade gifts. Try making a miniature sewing kit, for example, including needles, thread and buttons. The 106ml globe jam jar would be ideal for this and you could even make a tiny pincushion to stick on the lid of the jar.

Another great idea for gifts is to buy some old-fashioned sweets, or even make them yourself, and pop these into some miniature jars. A set of three jars, each containing a different type of sweet, would look great, especially if you top them off with a pretty lid, a ribbon and a gift tag.

If you have some great ideas for using our smaller jars, drop us a line or send us a message on Facebook or Twitter. We would love to hear from you.

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Glass cosmetic jars for homemade face cream

Glass cosmetic jars for homemade face cream

fresh as spring flowers

If you have dry or sensitive skin, you have probably lost count of the various creams and moisturisers you have used over the years and the money you have spent on them. It can be incredibly hard for people with this skin type to find products that work and that don’t make things even worse – even high-end moisturisers and face creams from leading brands can be too harsh for many people and it becomes a long struggle to find something that lives up to its promises. If you recognise this problem, why not have a go at making your own face cream to be 100 per cent in control of what you put on your face?

Filling your own glass cosmetic jars

Making your own face creams is much easier than you might think and you only need a few simple ingredients that can be found readily in most health food shops or chemists. Here is a simple recipe for a dry skin face cream:

Ingredients

120ml olive oil
120ml coconut oil
60ml beeswax pellets (cosmetic grade)
6-10 drops essential oil of your choice

Method

– Put the olive oil, coconut oil and beeswax in a glass bowl or jug and place this in a saucepan of water. Heat the pan very gently, stirring the mixture until it has melted and is fully mixed together.
– Pour away the hot water and add cold water to the pan. Place the bowl back in the pan of water so that the water cools the mixture quickly.
– Add your chosen essential oil to give the cream a pleasant scent.
– Use an electric whisk to whip the mixture into a thick and creamy moisturiser.
– Spoon the mixture into clean cosmetic jars and seal.

As this mixture is so rich and creamy, you only need a very small amount at a time and you need to rub it in well.

Glass cosmetic jars for a professional look 

Jar of white body care cosmetic cream, herbal oil extract bottle, fresh calendula flowers.

Although you have decided to experiment with homemade cosmetics, you still want them to look just as good as shop-bought ones; therefore, choosing the right cosmetic jars is essential. We have an extensive range of cosmetic jars here at Wares to suit all kinds of homemade projects. For the face cream in today’s post, we would recommend either the 100ml Laurence frosted jar or the 250ml clear glass cosmetic jar. The clear jar is simple but stylish, whilst the Laurence jar offers a sophisticated look that will not be out of place alongside all your brand-name cosmetics.

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Homemade milkshakes and smoothies for drinking jars

Homemade milkshakes and smoothies for drinking jars 

ice tea with slice of lemon in mason jar on the wooden rustic background

Milkshakes and smoothies have become big business in recent years, with specialist shake and smoothie bars springing up in towns and cities across the country to satisfy the growing demand for drinks that are as nutritious as they are delicious. Whilst it is fun to buy a superfood smoothie or a decadent milkshake from one of these outlets when you are out and about, you can easily make your own at home – with a little inspiration and creativity, you can rustle up your own fabulous recipes to tempt the whole family. Served in a stylish drinking jar, a homemade shake or smoothie will go down a storm at children’s parties, barbecues, or on summer picnics.

Smoothie made with powdered green tea (also known as matcha). Not only is this green smoothie delicious, it's also packed with antioxidants (thanks to the matcha powder). Healthy, refreshing and delicious, it's the perfect drink for those hot summer days.

A quirky milkshake recipe for drinking jars

When we think of milkshakes, we typically think of strawberry, chocolate or banana as flavours; however, there are so many other tasty ingredients you can add to milkshakes besides these usual suspects. Here is an idea you might not have come across before – orange milkshake!

Ingredients

5 scoops vanilla ice cream
75ml semi-skimmed milk
175ml freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tbsp grated orange zest
4 thin slices of orange to decorate

Method

Use a blender to mix the ice cream, milk, orange juice and orange zest together until the mixture is thick, smooth and frothy. Pour into four 450ml drinking jars and top with a thin slice of orange. Chill in the fridge briefly before serving.

A delicious smoothie recipe for drinking jars

When it comes to smoothies, these are often seen as more of a nutritional choice than a sweet treat; however, there is no reason smoothie can’t be just as delicious as a milkshake. Here is a recipe for a healthy, superfood smoothie that is just bursting with vitamins, minerals and all-round goodness. You might pull at a face at the thought of spinach in this peach and fig smoothie, but trust us on this – you have to try it to see how good it is.

Ingredients

2 peaches, stones removed
5 figs
200g fresh spinach
250ml water

Method

Add the chopped peaches, spinach and water to a blender, along with the scooped-out flesh of the figs. Blend until the mixture is smooth and creamy, then pour into a drinking jar. This smoothie is more of a meal replacement than a treat and is great to use as part of a weight loss programme if you are aiming to lose a pound or two for the summer.

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Using glass jars for wedding displays

Using glass jars for wedding displays 

Delicious wedding sweets (multicolor table set)

With summer just around the corner, we are well and truly in wedding season and couples up and down the country are busy putting the finishing touches to their wedding preparations. Whether you are getting married in the next few months or your big day is still a long way off, we hope to inspire you in this post with creative ideas for wedding displays.

With many brides looking to make some of their wedding accessories, we hope to show that using jars for wedding displays is a cost-effective but super-stylish solution. When it comes to glass jars bulk buying is the answer; read on for creative ideas and suggestions for the perfect jars to use.

Flowers in glass jars

If you are planning a vintage or country garden theme for your wedding, displaying your flowers in glass jars will add a delightfully simple touch that will look stunning. If your ceremony is being held in an outdoor venue, try tying mason jars to the chairs at the end of each row and filling them with small handpicked posies. Follow this through for the reception by placing groups of three to five larger jars on each table and filling them with a bold and colourful array of fresh flowers. Think strong pink roses, with masses of fluffy gypsophila and lots of pale eucalyptus for foliage, or go for a much more vibrant look with bright red and orange gerberas; rich, dark dahlias; and punchy exotic foliage.

Candles and lights in glass jars 

Candles in jam jars make lovely wedding favours and decorations.

Another great idea is to use larger jars to hold candles, tea lights or strings of LED lights to add some gentle and romantic lighting to your wedding venue. Whether you choose tiny jars to hold tea lights or gallon jars to hold chunky pillar candles, the effect will be magical. Think carefully about how many jars you need to get the effect you are looking for, as skimping on the number of jars you use could reduce the impact significantly. If possible, have a practice in your garden or living room to see how much light is produced and the overall feeling when the jars are illuminated.

If you have made your decision and you are ready to buy your glass jars bulk packs are likely to be a good idea. There are significant savings to be had by choosing our larger pack sizes, so check out our bargain packs or call us for advice on the best value options to choose.

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Making Indian chutneys in hexagonal jars

Making Indian chutneys in hexagonal jars

onion Chutney and Sri Lanka rotti, Indian food

When we think of making a batch of chutney, most of us tend to stick to the tried and tested British recipes our grandmothers used to make, such as plum chutney or green tomato chutney; however, you can be much more adventurous when it comes to making chutney, as pretty much anything goes. In today’s post, we go back to chutney’s roots and look at two Indian recipes for chutneys that really pack a punch.

Our hexagonal jars

Before we start with our recipe ideas, we want to talk briefly about what kind of jars to use for your next batch. It can be a good idea to use a totally different style of jar for chutney than you would use for jam; in this way, you will know instantly which is which when you look in the cupboard. Our hexagonal glass jars are very popular and add a stylish touch to your home preserves. With a colourful label and a ribbon round the jar, your next batch of chutney will look fantastic.

Ready to fill those hexagonal jars?  

Tomato and chili sauce, jam, confiture in a glass jar on a grey stone background.

You have bought your hexagonal glass jars and sterilised them; now, it is time to crack on with some recipes. We are going to cover a great simple garlic chutney and a brinjal chutney.

Garlic chutney

Ingredients

350g garlic, peeled and crushed
350g grated coconut
125g sesame seeds
2 tbsp chilli powder
Pinch of salt

Method

– Roast the sesame seeds until golden brown.
– Mix the garlic and grated coconut thoroughly, then add the sesame seeds, chilli powder and salt and blend together in a blender
– Spoon the mixture into a jar and seal. This chutney will keep in the fridge for one to two weeks.

Brinjal chutney
Ingredients

2 medium-sized aubergines
6 cloves garlic
1 onion
1 bunch coriander
2 green chillies
30g fresh ginger, grated
1 tsp mustard oil
Pinch of salt

Method

– Chop the onion and coriander, both very finely. Remove the seeds from the chillies and chop very finely.
– Pierce six holes in the skin of the aubergines and wedge in the garlic cloves. Drizzle some oil over the aubergines and roast in the oven for about 30 minutes.
– Remove from the oven, peel off the skin, and place in a blender with the ginger.
– Blend to a smooth paste, then add the onion, coriander, chillies, salt and mustard oil.
– Mix well, spoon into the jars, and seal.

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Sweet jars for all

Sweet jars for all 

A jar full of colorful candies are spilled out onto a white background. A shallow depth of field was used and there is room for copy space on the left side.

For many of us, our earliest and fondest memories include eagerly visiting the local sweetshop, pocket money in hand, to deliberate over which sweets we would buy that week. The sweet shop owners must have been incredibly patient, as we all spent such a long time choosing exactly which penny chews, fizz bombs and gobstoppers to put in our small paper bags!

Sadly, sweet shops are few and far between nowadays, with most of us buy sweets for our children as part of the weekly supermarket shop. Whilst this does not have quite the magic of visiting an old-fashioned sweet shop, you can still make sweets special by storing them in glass sweet jars. One of the most popular jars in our range of glass sweet jars is the semi-round jar that can stand on its side or on its end. Filled with colourful sweets such as jelly babies or liquorice torpedoes, these jars are just so appealing.

Sweet jars as wedding favours

Sweets are not just for children, of course! Many adults love them too, with sweet-based wedding favours eternally popular. Whether you choose to offer a giant two-litre jar for guests to dip into or opt for individual 212ml Limoncello jars to give to each guest, you can guarantee that sweets will always go down well. The trend for all thing homemade is now spilling over into wedding arrangements, with many brides opting to make their own sweets to go in these glass sweet jars. Homemade fudge and toffee are simple but popular choices.

Sweet jars for household storage

With so many glass sweet jars to choose from, and also plastic ones, the sky is the limit when it comes to what you can use them for besides storing sweets; for example, many of them are big enough to use for kitchen or bathroom storage. Line up a few of the semi-round jars on their sides on a kitchen shelf and fill them with pasta, rice and baking goods, such as dried fruit, demerara sugar or flour. They will look stylish, remind you what ingredients you have to hand, and inspire you to put on an apron and get baking.

Up in the bathroom, these jars look great lined up on the bathroom shelf, filled with items such as cotton wool balls, body scrubs and bath salts. Alternatively, why not make a mini terrarium using one of these jars and place it on the bathroom windowsill? The humidity of the bathroom will provide the ideal conditions for this small plant display, which will be a calming addition to any bathroom.

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When being a square jar is not square at all

When being a square jar is not square at all 

Greek salad

If we were asked to draw a jam jar, almost all of us would draw a round jar. A quick glance in the jam aisle of the supermarket will confirm that we all love our round jam jars; however, food jars come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes, with fashions dictating what is currently ‘on trend’ just like in the world of clothing or interiors. Today’s post covers square glass jars and explains why square is the new round when it comes to the kitchen.

Square jars are in

When Huey Lewis and the News sang Hip to Be Square back in 1986, we are fairly sure they were not talking about jam jars. Fast forward more than 30 years, however, and it is definitely hip to be square – at least when it comes to home preserves. Square jars are the latest new trend for the kitchen enthusiasts amongst you who like to follow fashion.

If you are short of larder space or you simply like seeing your home preserves lined up neatly on the shelves, square glass jars are ideal. Their straight sides mean they stack tightly against one another, enabling you to get more jars on each shelf and not waste any valuable space. Square food jars also look much neater and work brilliantly if your jars will be on display.

Our range of square jars

We have square jam jars in various sizes, including 130ml, 200ml and 293ml. With garden mint in season, why not make your own mint sauce using the smaller size of jar? Alternatively, a tangy chilli jam would look great in the 200ml jar.

In addition to square food jars, we offer some lovely square spice jars. These jars have clip top lids to seal in freshness and flavour, with the lids available in lime green, orange or red to add a splash of colour to your kitchen shelves.

If you are a fan of Kilner jars, you can still get in on the square trend – the iconic manufacturer has released a square clip top jar in 0.5-litre and 1.5-litre sizes. We think the larger jar would look fabulous filled with pickled onions or pickled eggs!

In addition to our glass jars, we offer plenty of square plastic jars and bottles. Sizes range from 500ml right up to a whopping 2,667ml, making these jars ideal for all sorts of kitchen storage.

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Bag a bargain with our bulk jam jars

Bag a bargain with our bulk jam jars 

various jars of fruit jam on wooden table

At Wares of Knutsford, we work extremely hard to offer our customers the very best value for money across our entire range of jars, bottles and home preserving equipment. As bargain hunters everywhere know all too well, one of the best ways of saving money is to buy in bulk, with buying jam jars in bulk no exception. In today’s post, we explain why our bulk buy packs make so much sense and outline some of the jars that are available in larger quantities.

Who buys bulk jam jars?

People come to us to buy jam jars in bulk for all sorts of reasons. Some simply love making jams, pickles and preserves, and complete their entire Christmas gift list by creating a whole range of homemade delights. With plenty of friends and family to make gifts for, buying half a dozen jars here and there simply won’t cut it. A bulk pack makes much more sense for this type of home preserves enthusiast.

Artisan producers also find our bulk packs really handy. Many small-scale producers want to make up samples before committing to a wholesale order, while others like the flexibility of being able to buy in bulk without needing to meet a minimum order value. For producers such as these, our bulk packs offer the ultimate flexibility.

If you are keen on making your own pickles and preserves but don’t want to make a huge quantity, there are still ways to save. Why not club together with friends and family members to buy a bulk pack or two and split them once they have been delivered? In this way, everyone gets the benefit of the super-low prices that buying in bulk offers.

Why buying bulk jam jars makes sense

The most obvious benefit of buying jam jars in bulk is, of course, the cost saving that can be made. With bulk packs containing 100, 200 or 300 jars, prices really start to tumble. Our classic 1lb jar is even available in a super-sized pack of 500 jars!

Another benefit is that your jars will be with you in a single delivery. We have all been in the situation where we are inspired to start a preserving project, only to realise that we are clean out of empty jars. By buying in bulk, you should always have plenty of jars in store whenever you get the urge, or the ingredients, to make something new.

Why not check out our bulk packs now to see how much you could save?

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Fruit embossed jam jars

Fruit embossed jam jars New EMBOSSED JARS 2

Here at Wares of Knutsford, we are constantly on the lookout for new and exciting products to add to our jam jar range. We have been busy hunting down new designs to tempt our loyal customers and we don’t think you will be disappointed with what we have found! Read on to find out all about some great new embossed jars that we have just added to our store and discover some tempting ideas for what to put in them.

New jam jars in stock

The jars we are so excited about all have a pretty embossed fruit design just below the neck. Available in 50ml, 106ml and 212ml, these jars are exclusive to Wares of Knutsford. These quality glass jars are available in a range of pack sizes, from 12 right up to 300 jars. The lids are available in gold, silver or black, and are heat sealable and vinegar-proof. With their adorable vintage styling, these new additions will put you in jam jar heaven!

Filling these jam jars NEW EMBOSSED JARS

If you are tempted by these new jars, you will need some ideas for what to put in them. With spring here, everything in the garden is bursting into life and we will soon have plenty of seasonal fruit and vegetables to choose from.

Nettles are currently springing up in hedgerows everywhere, so why not have a go at foraging and then create your own nettle jam? Nettles are high in pectin, which means they make a great jam ingredient; in addition, they are full of goodness. Use the youngest tips only and be sure to wear thick gloves when picking your nettles and take care when making your jam.

Rhubarb is also coming into season and grows so fast that it pays to be prepared with ideas for what to do with it all. Rhubarb and vanilla jam is absolutely delicious and will garner much praise at the breakfast table. For a savoury preserve that uses rhubarb, try rhubarb, chilli and ginger relish. This is delicious served with cold meats or a ploughman’s lunch and is guaranteed to convert friends and family to the wonders of rhubarb.

Another foraged item perfect for home preserving is samphire. This unusual delicacy can be found all around the UK coast, with rock samphire in season right now. To pickle samphire, use 500ml white wine vinegar, 300g samphire, 80g brown sugar, bay leaves, cloves, and a little mustard seed, coriander and turmeric. Blanch the samphire, add to the other ingredients and seal in sterilised jars.

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Small glass jars with a difference

Small glass jars with a difference 

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No matter what kind of preserve or infusion you are making, or what kind of craft project you are embarking upon, choosing the right jar for the job is really important if you want the finished item to look as good as it possibly can. In today’s blog post, we take a look at some of our small jam jars to showcase some of the quirky designs and stylish details available.

Small glass jars in unusual shapes

Whether you are looking for the perfect jar to use for wedding favours or want to create some home preserves in smaller-sized jars, we have an extensive range of small jam jars to choose from; for example, our 106ml globe jam jars work really well for holding boiled sweets as wedding favours and looks fabulous topped with a ribbon and a circular label on the lid. If you are aiming for a more angular look, try our 130ml square jam jars. These are perfect for making up sets of three or five different preserves to give as gifts for birthdays or other occasions. Choose a few different flavours of jam, such as raspberry, blackberry and plum, and make small batches of each. Add one jar of each flavour to a gift bag or box and you have a great gift that looks just as professional as shop-bought versions.

Small glass jars with embossed detail New EMBOSSED JARS 2

New to the range at Wares is the 50ml fruit embossed jam jar. This cute little jar has an embossed fruit design running just below the neck of the jar. Lids for these jars are available in black, gold or silver, and the jars themselves are available in pack sizes of 12, 24, 36, 100, 200 or 300! These are great to use for samples or for individual portions for use in a B&B or guesthouse setting.

If you are a fan of Kilner’s iconic glass jars, the embossed small jam jars in Kilner’s range will appeal to you. There is a 125ml round clip top jar in the range, embossed with the Kilner logo on the front, along with a faceted 250ml clip top jar, again with the logo embossed on the front. Just as stylish as the rest of the Kilner range, these jars provide a real sense of nostalgia and will draw admiring glances when filled with tasty preserves and sitting neatly on your kitchen shelves.

Don’t limit yourself to standard jar sizes – check out our range of smaller jars to see what creative ideas they spark.

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A cocktail for a drinking jar

A cocktail for a drinking jar 

raspberry lemonade in mason jar with ice and mint

With summer just around the corner, our thoughts are already turning to barbecues, garden parties, and long, warm evenings spent lazing outside on the patio. What could make such an evening more pleasant than a delicious and indulgent cocktail, served in style in fun glass drinking jars? Let’s take a look at the wide range of glass drinking jars we stock and have some fun with an idea or two for gorgeous cocktails to serve in them.

Serving cocktails in drinking jars

Glass drinking jars have been super-fashionable for some time now, ever since those hipster bars in London’s achingly cool Hoxton started using them to serve their crazy new cocktails. More and more people have decided that they want a slice of this trend, with these jars well and truly moving over to the mainstream and making an appearance at all sorts of parties and events up and down the country.

Pretty much anything goes when it comes to serving cocktails in glass drinking jars. Most of our jars hold 400-450ml, which makes for a generous cocktail and leaves plenty of space for ice and a slice. Many jars have handles, a lid and a straw, all of which help party-goers to avoid spills and mishaps when outside in the garden.

What to put in these drinking jars

Glass jars show off the contents of your cocktail brilliantly; therefore, any cocktail recipe that has colourful ingredients and plenty of fruit will look fabulous. Adding in-season fruit to vodka and topping up with lemonade is one of the simplest but most effective cocktails. Try blueberries, raspberries or plums for this cocktail, experimenting until you find your favourite flavour.

Fans of a good gin will love the idea of mixing gin with grapefruit juice for a refreshing take on a gin fizz. Add a sprig of fresh mint and some ice and you will have party guests queueing for a refill.

Summer wouldn’t be summer without Pimm’s, of course, and a Pimm’s-based cocktail will always go down well. For a refreshing twist, add Pimm’s, gin, lemonade and cranberry juice to a pitcher, then add slices of lemon, fresh mint leaves, and redcurrants or fresh cranberries. Once you have tried Pimm’s this way, you will wonder why you have been drinking it with just lemonade for so long.

Whatever your favourite tipple and fruity flavours, there is a summer cocktail to suit you perfectly. Served in a cool glass drinking jar and sipped through a colourful straw, a cocktail will make any party go with a swing.

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Ball mason jars

Ball mason jars 135ml Quilted Filled

In today’s post, we are super-excited to bring you news about some new products in our online store. Whilst many of you are no doubt familiar with our range of iconic Mason jars, we suspect that fewer people will know anything about the Ball mason jars we have recently added to the range. Let’s take a closer look at these gorgeous, vintage-styled jars to see what all the fuss is about.

What exactly are Ball mason jars?

Whilst the original Mason jar was named after an American called John Landis Mason, who patented the unique design and two-part screw top lid of these jars way back in 1858, the term ‘mason jar’ has come to cover any preserving jars that use the same system of lid and seal. One of John Landis Mason’s earliest and most successful competitors was the Ball Corporation, which made a wide range of glass canning jars. Today, the Ball Corporation still exists; however, it has diversified into other business areas and its home canning range and the trademark Ball name has been sold to another firm. The legendary Ball jars continue to delight, however, and we are thrilled to have these jars available for sale here in the UK.

Our range of Ball mason jars Poster Advert

We currently stock four different jars from the full Ball range. Two of the jars feature the iconic embossed quilted design, with Ball’s charismatic logo emblazoned on the front. The other two jars have Ball Mason embossed on the front and a fruit design embossed on the back. The jars with the quilted design are available in a short 135ml size and a taller 240ml size. The other jars are a more traditional canning jar shape and come in 490ml and 945ml sizes. All jars come with the classic two-part lid in silver, with a preserving guide and recipe booklet included with each jar.

These jars are perfect for anyone who loves a touch of American nostalgia or who likes vintage-inspired kitchen accessories. The jars are ideal for jams, pickles, chutneys, preserved fruit and vegetables, or even homemade cocktails. As they are a little out of the ordinary, they make great jars for preserves that you intend to give away as gifts to friends and family.

If you are looking for some new canning jars that stand out from the crowd, check out these new mason jars in our online store. If you make some delicious preserves in these jars, be sure to share your photos with us via Facebook or Twitter.

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Creams for cosmetic jars

Creams for cosmetic jars 

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Many of us now take much more notice of what we eat and are increasingly scrutinising the ingredients lists on the food we buy from supermarkets. This trend for thinking more carefully about what we eat and how we treat our bodies is carrying over into other areas, with more and more of us starting to question just how good for us many of the cosmetics we use really are. As more people start to look at producing their own homemade cosmetics, we take a look at our range of cosmetic jars and offer a suggestion for making your own hand cream

Our range of glass cosmetic jars

We offer an extensive range of cosmetic jars in various sizes, including stylish and elegant luxury cosmetic jars that look for all the world as if they should contain some expensive and sophisticated brand name cosmetics. These jars, called the Laurence range, are available in both clear glass and frosted glass and in sizes ranging from 15ml up to 100ml.

In addition to the Laurence range, we stock amber glass jars for a traditional pharmaceutical look; ointment jars; apothecary jars; and even a dinky 5ml lip balm jar. If you plan to make as many of your own cosmetics as possible, we have every application covered.

What to put in your glass cosmetic jars

There are many tried and tested recipes for homemade cosmetics available online; in fact, you can find help on making everything from cleanser to foundation and from body scrubs to eyeliner. If your hands have come out of winter looking 10 years older than the rest of you, and with all the smoothness of a fine grade sandpaper, fear not. This simple recipe for soothing hand cream will give brilliant results in no time at all.

To make the cream, you will need:

350g shea butter or cocoa butter
90g beeswax, grated
120g coconut oil
90g almond oil or avocado oil
1 tbsp honey
essential oil (if you would like the cream to be scented)

Put all ingredients apart from the honey and essential oil into a heatproof bowl. Place the bowl over a pan of water and heat gently until the ingredients have melted, ensuring there are no blobs of wax or butter left.

Add the honey and essential oil and continue to heat until fully combined in the mixture.

Allow to cool, then place in the fridge to harden for five hours. Remove from the fridge and blend the mixture to a creamy consistency using a blender. Spoon the mixture into clean glass cosmetic jars and seal.

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Cakes in food jars

Cakes in food jars 

Rainbow layer cake in a jar with birthday candles

Home baking is just as much influenced by trends and fashions as any other aspect of life, with many of us constantly on the lookout for something new and interesting to try out in the kitchen. One trend that has taken a lot of people’s fancy recently is baking cakes in glass food jars. Finding inspiring and creative ways to present your cakes can be just as much fun as finding a great new recipe, so in today’s post we suggest a few ideas for what sort of cakes might work well in jars.

Which food jars to choose?

Screw top preserving jars work brilliantly for baking cakes. Jars with a wide neck are most suitable, as this allows you to get the cake out more easily or even to eat it in the jar, if this is the way you like to serve your cakes. For smaller cakes, try the Familia Wiss 350ml terrine jar or the classic 250ml Kilner jar; for larger cakes, the 500ml Kilner jar or the 500ml Mason jar are both ideal.

The secret to baking cakes in food jars

You do not particularly need any special recipe for baking cakes in glass food jars – pretty much any sponge cake or fruit cake works just fine. There is a secret to successful baking in jars, however, and this is to spray the inside of the jar with oil before you pour in your cake batter. This will help to avoid the cake mixture sticking to the side of the jar.

Another top tip is to stand your jars on a baking tray when you put them in the oven; otherwise, there is a danger of them falling over as you put them in or take them out. Finally, do not be tempted to put too much cake mixture in each jar, as the cakes need room to rise. If you fill each jar too full, your cake will ooze over the top of the jar and will look a mess. Fill the jar about one-third full and your cake will rise just to the top of the jar, leaving you room to put the lid on if you are giving the jar as a gift.

As we said earlier, you can bake most types of cake in these jars; however, sponge cakes work particularly well. They look heavenly if you use food colouring to create different coloured mixtures and layer two or three different colours into the jar. Lemon drizzle cake also works well in a jar, topped with its delicious sticky drizzle.

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500ml glass jars

500ml glass jars 

Three Jam jar isolated on a white background. Apples, cabbage-cardamom jam jar, Orange jam and Currant jam jar. With clipping path. Shallow DOF. Focused on the front.

Whilst it is fairly traditional to use a standard 1lb jar to make jams and marmalades, there is no hard and fast rule to say that you must stick to this when it comes to choosing the jars for your next preserving project. Unless you are planning to enter your jams, pickles and chutneys in some local competitions, where a 1lb jar is specifically required, you can use whatever jar you fancy, Big is sometimes best and a larger jar may just work better for a specific preserve. In today’s blog post, we check out our 500ml glass jars with lids and give some suggestions for when these bigger jars might be the best choice.

Choosing larger glass jars

Jams and preserves that take a while to use up, or that need to be eaten quite quickly, are better off in a small jar, of course. Lemon curd does not keep for a long time, for example, as it has raw egg as an ingredient; however, for jams or chutneys that are especially popular, using a larger jar makes a lot of sense. There is less mess and fuss when it comes to filling the jars, and fewer but larger jars will take up less space in the cupboard than a lot of smaller jars. If you plan to give some of your preserves away as gifts to friends and family, bigger jars will always have a bigger impact.

Our 500ml deluxe glass jars with lids are one of the most popular items in our range. Their contemporary styling and heavyweight glass make them ideal for the modern home preserves enthusiast who is looking for a reliable and durable jar to suit all kinds of preserving tasks. These jars are great for family favourites such strawberry jam, and work well for savoury preserves such as plum chutney or pickled onions.

Glass jars for craft projects

In addition to being perfect for many home preserving projects, our 500ml jars are ideal for a wide range of craft projects and home decoration ideas. Use them as a vase for a pretty posy of flowers picked from the garden, or perhaps use them to store homemade bath salts or a body scrub. Another idea we love is to make tiny sewing kits to give as gifts, with needles, thread, buttons, tiny scissors and a pincushion all stored neatly in one of these jars.

Whatever project you are considering, whether home preserving or a craft-based activity, take a look at our 500ml jars to see whether they could be the right choice for you.

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